Mercato! That's Italian for market. And Paul's at the Mercato in Jumeirah would be venue for an exclusive exhibition of Palestinian art, courtesy the United Nations Development Programme's Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People (UNDP/PAPP), from April 9 to 16.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Mon 4 Apr 2005, 2:22 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 5:53 PM

The exhibition — In Living Colour — will feature the works of some of Palestine's most celebrated artists.

"Funds raised through the sale of the art would go towards the artists, as well as the establishment of Al Hawsh — the first Palestinian national art gallery and museum in Jerulsalem, a project being implemented by the UNDP/PAPP," said Raida Al Khoury, Mercato's public relations manager. "In Living Colour will feature a collection that covers a diverse group of artists from across the West Bank, Gaza Strip and inside the Green Line. It will include the work of some very well known artists — Suleiman Mansour, Ibrahim Nubani and Tayseer Barakat, as well as burgeoning artists such as Basil Nabulsi, Rima Al Mozaen and Bashar Al Hroub."

There will be 31 paintings on display around the external area at Paul. "Some of the paintings are apparently quite large and these would be positioned back to back in a circle in the large empty area between Paul and the back of Promod. To draw attention to the painting exhibition one painting would be located at the main entrance with a poster or banner highlighting the event and directing people round to Paul," said Khoury.

A VIP opening ceremony is planned for April 9 and 150 to 200 people are expected between 7 and 8.30 pm that day. "The exhibition will be opened by actor Hussein Fahmy, the Brad Pitt of Egyptian movies) who has also been the spokesperson for the Egyptian Film Festival for years and a part of UN programme. There is a strong possibility that Princess Haya may attend," said Khoury.

Others who matter include special representative of the UNDP/PAPP in Palestine, Timothy Rothermel, and several of his colleagues from the United Nations, lawyer and Palestinian art collector Mazen Qupty, Haidar Abdel Shafi, an important political figure and Palastinian leader involved in the Madrid and Warsaw Peace Process, and the Jordanian and Palestinian ambassadors. The United Nations Development Programme's Programme of Assistance to Palestinian People has, since 1978, implemented hundreds of projects in the West Bank and Gaza Strip including infrastructure programmes to support cultural development. These projects are funded by international donors though initial funding was provided by UNDP and its five bilateral donors — Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands and the United States of America. Today, the UNDP/PAPP receives a total of $500m from countries around the world.

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